State requirements for 190 visa (COVID-19 update)

IMPORTANT UPDATE1 July 2020 Migration update for Skilled and Business visas

190 visa is points based and allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

See state migration programs closing in response to COVID-19 that are affecting 190 visa.

Below is a summary of the state requirements for the 190 visa.

New South Wales 190 visa criteria

NSW will no longer invite candidates who reside in another Australian state or territory. The requirements for NSW 190 are:

  • be residing in NSW, or offshore for at least the last 6 months, or;
  • be residing and employed in NSW or offshore for at least the last one month in your nominated occupation.

If additional criteria apply, the applicant must:

  • be residing in NSW for 6 months immediately before being invited by NSW, and;
  • completed at least one full year of skilled employment in NSW in your nominated occupation in the past 10 years.

You can access the NSW occupation list here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE (491 visa): NSW immigration will begin accepting for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) on Monday 15 June 2020 and will stop accepting applications at 5pm Tuesday 23 June 2020. Please see here for more information.

Victoria 190 visa criteria

May 2020 Update: Closure of Victoria’s skilled nominated visa (subclass 190 and 491) for 2019-20

To receive a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you will need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the following:

You will also need to provide evidence of a genuine Victorian job offer if:

  • You are living interstate; or
  • You are an international graduate and it is a requirement for your occupation.

The employment offer must be in the nominated occupation for permanent work, for at least 20 hours per week and for at least six continuous months.

To see the occupation list for Victoria, please see here.

Australian Capital Territory 190 visa criteria

You must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra Matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least 6 months immediately before the date of Matrix submission and continuing until date of any invitation; and
  • You must be working full time for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least 6 months at date of matrix submission, and
  • You must meet one of the following three criterion:
  1. Your nominated occupation is open on the ACT Occupation List at date of Matrix submission; or
  2. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer: or
  3. You have at least five years continuous ACT residence immediately before the date of matrix submission (and continuing until date of invitation).

To see the occupation list for ACT, please see here.

Exemptions to the above due to COVID-19: IMPACT ON ACT NOMINATION

Western Australia 190 visa criteria

The table below provides an overview of WA 190 criteria:

General stream
Graduate stream
​Meet Department of Home Affairs requirements for the intended visa subclass ​Y ​Y
​A nominated occupation available on the Western Australian skilled occupation list ​Y ​N
​A nominated occupation available on the Graduate occupation list N ​Y
​Meet minimum English requirements ​Y ​Y
Demonstrated the minimum required work experience in nominated occupation Y ​Bachelor and other higher degree** graduates Masters and PhD** graduates
Y N
​Provide a contract of employment ​Y ​ ​Y
​Demonstrate the minimum requirements for Western Australian study N ​Y
​Demonstrated sufficient settlement funds ​Only required if you are not currently living in Western Australia ​Only required if you are not currently living in Western Australia

The work experience requirement can be met through:

  • at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation** over the last 10 years; or
  • at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years.

You must work at least 20 hours per week in the nominated occupation.

You can access the occupation list here.

Northern Territory 190 visa criteria

In addition to the meeting the Department of Home Affairs requirements, NT 190 criteria include:

  • Generally, you must have lived in the NT for a minimum of 2 years.
  • You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.
  • You can show you have employment prospects by showing:
    • An offer of employer from an NT employer
    • A statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs
    • Evidence that your occupation has been advertised in NT multiple times and an explanation of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancy
    • Evidence of feedback from potential NT employers.

You can find the NT occupation list here.

Queensland 190 visa criteria

To be eligible for the QLD state nomination, you must meet the following:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Working in Queensland’ list
  • provide evidence of full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) in your nominated occupation for the past 6 months in Queensland immediately prior to EOI submission.
  • provide evidence of ongoing employment with a Queensland employer registered in Australia for a further 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week).
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for 2 years for the 190 visa.

QLD Postgraduate

To apply under the postgraduate stream, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Graduates of a Queensland Masters degree Graduates of a Queensland PhD
Skilled Occupation List Have an occupation on the QSOL Masters Graduate List Have an occupation on the HA relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
Work/study experience, specialisations and registrations Have completed 100% of your Masters degree at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years. This qualification must be related to your nominated occupation.

Provide evidence of current full-time employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) with a Queensland employer registered in Australia in your nominated occupation (or a closely related occupation).

Have completed 100% of your PhD at a Queensland-based institution and graduated in the last two years. This qualification must be related to your nominated occupation.
 Job offer Provide evidence of ongoing employment from a Queensland employer registered in Australia in your skilled occupation (or a closely related occupation). This job offer must be for a minimum of 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week). A job offer is not required
unless otherwise stated. The occupation of University Lecturer ANZSCO 2421111 must meet the ‘Working in Queensland’ requirements.

To see the occupation list for QLD, please click here.

Tasmania 190 visa criteria

** Flexible nomination requirements for applicants affected by COVID-19 restrictions

We understand that many people who are intending to migrate to Tasmania are concerned about how the COVID-19 situation will affect their eligibility for state visa nomination.

Consideration will be given to the direct impact of COVID-19 restrictions on visa state nomination applications where applicable.

The COVID-19 pandemic situation remains volatile and future events are very unpredictable. The Tasmanian Government may also introduce further changes to the state nomination program in response to COVID-19 or to align with the skills needs of the state.

Please book a time for any changes before applying for nomination.

Category 1 – Tasmanian Graduate

Students in Tasmania completing online study

Online study with a Tasmanian CRICOS provider completed during the period courses were not able to be delivered on campus will be accepted. Applicants must have been living in Tasmania during this period and must have completed all of their study in Tasmania.

Graduates who have completed study in Tasmania but are unable to return after travelling overseas

Those able to provide evidence a course was completed in Tasmania but who have temporarily left Tasmania and are unable to return due to the COVID-19 restrictions are eligible for consideration. Graduates must show that they were genuinely affected by travel restrictions and intend to return to Tasmania. These applicants must meet all other published requirements for subclass 190 or 491 nomination, including the minimum Tasmanian residence period.

Currently overseas – partially completed course

Remote/online study for applicants who commenced their courses in Tasmania, departed temporarily and have been unable to return to Tasmania due to COVID 19 travel restrictions will be accepted where they have genuinely been unable to return to Tasmania. Applicants must have commenced a course in Tasmania, lived in Tasmania for a minimum 12 months and completed a minimum total of 12 months study on campus.

New enrolments – course commenced outside Tasmania

Applicants studying with a Tasmanian institution but who were unable to arrive in Tasmania due to COVID-19 restrictions so commenced their studies remotely while waiting for restrictions to be lifted will be eligible for consideration if they:

  1. have completed a two-academic-year course and arrived in Tasmania soon after restrictions were lifted, and
  2. have lived and studied in Tasmania for a period of at least 12 months

Courses of one academic year must be completed solely in Tasmania – no period of remote study will be accepted. This includes students who enrolled in one year courses but did not arrive in Tasmania before entry restrictions began.

Each application will be considered individually on its merits and considering the applicant’s skills, background and demonstrated capacity to contribute to and settle in Tasmania. However, completing a prior short period of study online, or in Tasmania once travel restrictions are lifted, will not necessarily give a graduate an advantage in nomination assessment.

Example:

I have enrolled in a one-year course but cannot yet move to Tasmania due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Will a period of online study completed interstate or overseas be accepted for Tasmanian nomination?

No. Applicants for subclass 491 nomination in Category 1 – Tasmanian Graduate must have completed one academic year (40 weeks) of study in Tasmania and lived in Tasmania for at least 12 months. While applications will be considered on a case by case basis, in general we will only accept online study where applicants had already commenced in Tasmania or the course is longer than 1 academic year. All applicants will be expected to have lived in Tasmania for 12 months to be eligible for nomination.

Graduates who have completed their qualification online or in another jurisdiction may also seek to meet one of Tasmania’s other nomination categories after moving to Tasmania and demonstrating their capacity to settle in and contribute to Tasmania in the long-term, such as the Working in Tasmania or Small Business Owner categories.

Category 2 – Working in Tasmania

Flexibility will be applied to applicants genuinely affected by COVID-19 employment stand-downs before or after meeting the mandatory 6 month full-time employment requirement. Each application will be considered on its merits according to the particular industry, the skills of the applicant, and the likelihood of being able to return to and maintain full-time employment in the future.

In general we will consider the following factors:

  • A minimum 3 months full time employment up to the closure or business /reduction in hours.
  • Full-time employment ceased directly due to a COVID-19 related closedown or restriction.
  • There is a reasonable likelihood of being able to return to employment (full or part-time) after the workplace restrictions have been lifted (ie. a written evidence from employer).
  • Reduction in hours from full-time to part-time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will be considered favourably.

South Australia 190 visa criteria

SA 190 nominations are closed from 24 June 2020 and will re-open in the first week of July 2020. State nomination requirements include:

  1. Commitment to South Australia – State nomination is granted on the basis of your genuine interest and commitment to living and working in South Australia with a view to long-term settlement in the state
  2. Age – under 45 years at the time of nomination
  3. Occupation– this must be listed on the State Nominated Occupation List as available.  Access to a supplementary occupation list and ‘special conditions apply’ occupations are available in some circumstances.
  4. Skills Assessment – a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority
  5. Work experience – at least one year of skilled work experience in the last three years. Some occupations have a higher work experience requirement. If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you may be able to access a work experience waiver
  6. English– ability to meet Immigration SA’s minimum English language requirement for your occupation.  If you are a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you don’t need to provide an English test result
  7. Financial capacity – sufficient funds to settle in South Australia
  8. SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) – you need to have an EOI which meets the Department of Home Affairs criteria and Immigration SA nomination requirements.

SA has two occupation lists; State Nominated Occupation List and the Supplementary Skilled List. If your occupation is on the Supplementary Skilled List, you are required to meet additional requirements.

Applicant who can access this list include:

  • International graduate of SA
  • Worked in a skilled occupation in SA for the last 12 months
  • Have immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia for 24 months or more
  • Have high points (95 points including state nomination)

To see the occupation lists, click here.

Select a state below to see it’s 190 visa requirements:

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State and territory requirements

Each state and territory has its own list of occupations, requirements and processes you must follow.

More information about the requirements and processes on how Australian states or territories nominate applicants is available.